Executive Director, IIC-TCD

The University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy, Chicago IL, United States

Skill Required:, Finance and AccountsHR and AdminProject/ Programme Management
Preferred Experience: 
3 to 10 Years
Email for CV Submission: 
Closing Date for Applications: 
12th October, 2016

Job Description

The Executive Director, International Innovation Corps (IIC) and Tata
Centre for Development at UChicago (TCD) will be responsible for the
growth and daily management of the IIC and TCD. The TCD is a new center
based in India dedicated to evidence-based policy research to address
development issues across India.   The Executive Director will play a
key role in building this new center into a leading place for innovative
development work.

The Executive Director for IIC and TCD will manage all activities and
resources (including program staff) and ensure daily operations of the
program run smoothly and successfully.  Key activities include, but are
not limited to:  overall strategic development, partner relationship
management, project development, human resources strategy and
management, operations and governance. As a primary leader of the
International Innovation Corps and the Tata Centre, the Executive
Director will play a key role in the growth of these programs, which
will in turn have a major impact on Harris School resources and
visibility abroad.

Lead and Implement Strategy Development & Harris Integration
*Develop long-term IIC and TCD goals that integrate into Chicago Harris goals
-Work with the Faculty Director, Advisor, and Chicago Harris leadership on approval as applicable
*Lead day-to-day strategy development and implementation to achieve IIC
and TCD goals, including the TCD launch and the IIC expansion into new
countries and forays into new models
-Ensure that fellowships and projects align with Harris and the IIC’s expectations and strategic growth plans
-Design and develop strategies to strengthen links between stakeholders on campus, partners in the IIC network and projects
-Oversee strategy execution by IIC and TCD staff
*Ensure growth and development is coordinated across the IIC and TCD on programming in India
*Closely align efforts with India Country Director so as to strengthen
the two organizations and ensure mutual growth and efficiency
*Represent the IIC and TCD to Chicago Harris and University leadership, providing high-level advice and counsel
*Lead development of the IIC Board of Directors to establish a fully-functioning board by FY 18
-Define goals, objectives, and the value proposition for board members,
ensuring alignment with the strategies and objectives of the IIC
-Continuously evaluate and update as needed the goals and objectives for the programs
-Ensure meetings and participation in meetings and other board-related activities

Develop a vision for the IIC and TCD, with high-level goals and
strategies to ensure that the IIC and TCD become global leaders of
innovative and effective approaches to social and economic development
*Collaborate with the Faculty Director to develop goals for the end of the three-year period for the TCD
*Collaborate with the Faculty Director to develop and implement a fundraising strategy, and actively support fundraising efforts
-Set annual goals for all center activities and coordinate with project leaders to ensure thematic and timeline alignment
-Engage with primary stakeholders, high-level partners and influential
individuals to ensure goals fit within the center’s mandate and will be
applicable to the center’s context
*Work with each member of the management team and each project partner
to set individualized goals and strategies for the year and then track
progress throughout the year
-Manage team-wide updates and briefings to ensure that all staff are
aware of goals, progress and how individual activities tie into the
-Coordinate very closely with the Country Director in India to link the
on-the-ground activities of each project with the overall goals and
*Develop specific strategies to reach identified goals, track progress
and ensure key donors and strategic partners are apprised of progress
-Set core management budget each year such that funds are allocated
towards activities that further the IIC and TCD’s progress toward
meeting their goals
-Review US-based reporting for grant requirements to ensure accuracy and quality
-Ensure that US-based payments are made according to the guidelines of the grant and each payment is complete and allowable

Manage all US-based center staff and contractors to ensure effective
performance, high engagement, collaboration, accountability and
productive work environment
*Manage all US-based IIC and TCD employees and oversee their work streams
-Allocate work across the team, with clear strategic goals and
deliverables, tracking progress, troubleshooting and pivoting as needed
-Oversee the Assistant Director of Fellow Experience and Project
Development Manager in strategically planning for fellow recruitment,
project development, training design, and post-fellowship engagement
-Responsible for creating a positive, high-performing culture that
promotes collaboration, creativity, resourcefulness and engagement among
-Ensure smooth and effective collaboration between staff in Chicago and staff in India
*Lead hiring and staffing decisions in the US and India, including staff, interns and volunteers
-Collaborate with Harris HR and other stakeholders on campus to design and implement hiring structures in India and beyond
-Play a key role in recruiting and onboarding of new staff and
contractors.  Identify opportunities for professional development and
-Conduct performance reviews of all US-based staff and oversee
high-level reviews of all India-based staff with the Country Director in
-Lead by example and strive to make the team more productive as a unit
*Collaborate with the India Country Director to promote unity across the US- and India-based staff
-Align team management techniques and team culture to unify the center across geographic locations
-Communicate on effectiveness of shared work-streams and use of collaborative project management tools
-Evaluate staff contribution towards the progress of projects based on combined feedback from all staff
-Encourage staff to troubleshoot collaboratively with India and US resources to achieve maximum outcome

Oversee All Grants, Financial Records, the Budget and Accounting
*With support from the Project Development Manager, ensure all grant
writing or management efforts are coordinated with other aspects of the
program, especially project development and fellowship experience, the
Harris Development team and the University’s ARD Office
*With support from the Project Development Manager, oversee the tracking
and monitoring of grant efforts as well as all matters (legal,
operational, compliance, etc.) related to contracts, grants and
cooperative agreements
*Ensure the accuracy of all budgeting, accounting and administrative activities
-Oversee the development of annual budgets and reporting materials by
the Finance Manager and execution assistance from other staff
-Ensure smooth administrative processes, including payment schedules,
between the IIC, TCD, other administrative partners on campus, and
-Hold responsibility for risk management, compliance and governance

*Bachelor’s degree required
*Master’s degree preferred
*A minimum of 7 years of experience in nonprofit management, operations,
marketing, budgeting, entrepreneurial ventures, or similar professional
work is required
*Experience managing a team in a collaborative environment
*Experience working internationally, or with an international volunteer board or organization preferred

*Strong business and financial acumen
*Exercise good judgment in key-decision making
*Ability to garner credibility quickly with multiple types of individuals within Harris, the rest of the University and globally
*Ability to think strategically and creatively, and implement tactical initiatives in support of the strategy
*Ability to manage and motivate a team situated globally, so as to
maximize results. Ability to define and implement an effective team
*Excellent ability to work on multiple projects simultaneously, set
priorities, and meet deadlines. Willingness to take on any task, no
matter how big or small
*Excellent verbal and written communication, proofreading, and editing skills
*Experience building an organization or a project from the ground up
*Familiarity with higher education environment and knowledge of the University of Chicago’s unique culture preferred
*Ability to work on multiple projects and manage day-to-day tasks effectively and professionally
*Ability to operate Microsoft Office Suite, the internet, and email,
with proficiency in working with major social medial platforms and web

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